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Seeking Skizen in Japan

Skiing through beautiful bamboo in Niseko. - ©Linda Guerrette

Skiing through beautiful bamboo in Niseko.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Skiing through beautiful bamboo in Niseko. - ©Linda Guerrette
Skiing long cruisers at Niseko Village Resort. - ©Linda Guerrette

Skiing long cruisers at Niseko Village Resort.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Skiing long cruisers at Niseko Village Resort. - ©Linda Guerrette
Jill Matlock, who runs International Mountain Adventures with her husband Ross, arcs a graceful turn. - ©Linda Guerrette

Jill Matlock, who runs International Mountain Adventures with her husband Ross, arcs a graceful turn.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Jill Matlock, who runs International Mountain Adventures with her husband Ross, arcs a graceful turn. - ©Linda Guerrette
The iconic Mount Yotei is known as the

The iconic Mount Yotei is known as the "Mount Fuji of Hokkaido."
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

The iconic Mount Yotei is known as the
Photographers capture the early morning light in the land of the rising sun. - ©Linda Guerrette

Photographers capture the early morning light in the land of the rising sun.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Photographers capture the early morning light in the land of the rising sun. - ©Linda Guerrette
Food is art in Japan. - ©Linda Guerrette

Food is art in Japan.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Food is art in Japan. - ©Linda Guerrette
Nightskiing in a Niseko snowstorm is an incredible experience. - ©Linda Guerrette

Nightskiing in a Niseko snowstorm is an incredible experience.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Nightskiing in a Niseko snowstorm is an incredible experience. - ©Linda Guerrette
Skiing over dirt patches and through bamboo groves one day gave way to a landscape submerged under two feet of snow the next.  - ©Linda Guerrette

Skiing over dirt patches and through bamboo groves one day gave way to a landscape submerged under two feet of snow the next.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Skiing over dirt patches and through bamboo groves one day gave way to a landscape submerged under two feet of snow the next.  - ©Linda Guerrette
Sake is the national beverage of Japan. - ©Linda Guerrette

Sake is the national beverage of Japan.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Sake is the national beverage of Japan. - ©Linda Guerrette
Niseko has some funky bars including

Niseko has some funky bars including "The Fridge," where inside the tiny door awaits great ambiance.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Niseko has some funky bars including
Bring YEN to Niseko, as some restaurants do not take credit cards. - ©Linda Guerrette

Bring YEN to Niseko, as some restaurants do not take credit cards.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Bring YEN to Niseko, as some restaurants do not take credit cards. - ©Linda Guerrette
Skiers wear yukatas, or robes, after an evening of relaxing in an onsen (hot spring). - ©Linda Guerrette

Skiers wear yukatas, or robes, after an evening of relaxing in an onsen (hot spring).
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Skiers wear yukatas, or robes, after an evening of relaxing in an onsen (hot spring). - ©Linda Guerrette
Slippers are common and customary in Japan. - ©Linda Guerrette

Slippers are common and customary in Japan.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Slippers are common and customary in Japan. - ©Linda Guerrette
A skier gets

A skier gets "Zen" on the slopes of Niseko.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

A skier gets
Eating out is a wonderful experience in Japan, especially when you cook your own food at the table. - ©Linda Guerrette

Eating out is a wonderful experience in Japan, especially when you cook your own food at the table.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Eating out is a wonderful experience in Japan, especially when you cook your own food at the table. - ©Linda Guerrette
Plastic replicas of food make ordering easy. - ©Linda Guerrette

Plastic replicas of food make ordering easy.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Plastic replicas of food make ordering easy. - ©Linda Guerrette
Skiers get cozy by the fire in the Niseko Park Hotel, within walking distance of the slopes. - ©Linda Guerrette

Skiers get cozy by the fire in the Niseko Park Hotel, within walking distance of the slopes.
Copyright: Linda Guerrette

Skiers get cozy by the fire in the Niseko Park Hotel, within walking distance of the slopes. - ©Linda Guerrette